About Me

I have just completed a 4 month placement with Sustainability Victoria to establish community energy projects in Gippsland.  It was terrific work with passionate, skilled people who are shaping the fundamental change that is needed in electricity generation. This was after 10 happy years at the helm of the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where we conducted projects in both mitigation and adaptation on behalf of our region of councils.

Prior to that, I worked in education, public policy and programs and in environmental activism.

It’s not as though all of my time now is my own, but the choice regarding how I spend it is. Until recently I was a member of a Ministerial advisory committee, the Central Coastal Board, of Regional Development Australia’s Southern Melbourne Committee, one of 55 committees across the nation that develops the evidence base for and makes recommendations about regional development to state and federal governments and I stepped down as a Trustee of the Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation, providing scholarships to students such that education can offer more broadly the life-transforming opportunities of learning to students who otherwise couldn’t afford further education at Chisholm TAFE.

I am conducting bird walks and talks around Melbourne, reviewing and evaluating interpretation programs for ecotourism agencies, I am presenting addresses to schools on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and I’m running quiz nights for community social groups. In between these activities, I step out across this wide brown land to add to my life list of Australian birds, currently sitting just shy of 660 species.

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Latest Blog Posts

Daily Links Mar 20

I’ve gone off-list with this one. This article in the Guardian re climate action as the antithesis of white supremacy is worth the read.https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/19/why-youll-never-meet-a-white-supremacist-who-cares-about-climate-change

Daily Links Mar 19

ISO 14008 counts the cost of environmental damage. ‘Few things yield such an impact as these type of heavyweight, international standards’. And gradually the pieces are being assembled!https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190318111950.htm

Daily Links Mar 18

The concept of a Gross National Happiness index, let alone an efficiency or sustainability economy rather than a growth economy is barely on the horizon. But the RBA sounds the …

Daily Links Mar 17

Dwelling on the bleak can be a bit wearing, I find, so occasionally there’s a place for something completely different. The Canberra Times article ‘Beware of adulterers and delivery drones’ …

Daily Links Mar 16

‘How climate change will affect your mortgage’ is not the most honest of headlines when you read the article for it points out that it is much more than your …